The Eiffel Tower is illuminated with symbols of Japanese beauty and culture in Paris on Sept. 13. (Video footage by Tatsuya Shimada)

PARIS--Crown Prince Naruhito pressed a button that unleashed an extravagant light show on the Eiffel Tower, bathing the French landmark in symbols of Japanese beauty and culture.

The event was held at the Theatre National de Chaillot facing the tower on the night of Sept. 13 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Japan-France friendship.

The show started with a red sun, representing Japan’s national flag, rising up the white-lit tower with “gagaku” ancient imperial court music in the background.

That was followed by the red, white and blue colors of France’s national flag.

Japanese iconic artworks, such as Edo Period painter Ogata Korin’s national treasure drawing of purple irises, were then projected on the tower lit in gold.

“It was really wonderful,” Naruhito said after viewing the 10-minute illumination show.

The show was produced by light designers Motoko Ishii, 79, and her daughter, Akari Lisa Ishii, 47. It was part of the Japonismes 2018 event held in and around Paris that introduces Japanese culture.

“I had a strong feeling that French people have deeper interests toward Japan,” Naruhito told reporters, reflecting on the places he visited on his eight-day trip to France. “I hope that the younger generation will take over the good relationship (between Japan and France).”

The crown prince, who is scheduled to become emperor next year, will return to Japan from Paris Orly Airport on the afternoon of Sept. 14.